Industry representatives defend corn ethanol at state hearing

Pending legislation in New Hampshire aims to limit corn ethanol in gasoline to 10 percent. The bill passed the state House of Representatives and was introduced in the state Senate. The Senate Committee on Transportation recently held a hearing.
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New joint ventures aim to establish hemp-ethanol pilot plant

Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.
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Brazil study highlights benefits of mid-level ethanol blends

A recent report published in Nature Geoscience claims a 20 percent reduction in ozone when drivers in Brazil switched from ethanol to gasoline. A review conducted by Steve VanderGriend at the Urban Air Initiative shows the study is misleading.
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USDA, NFU representatives defend RFS during House hearing

Representatives of the USDA and National Farmers Union defended the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and ethanol during a recent hearing on the livestock industry held by a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture.
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Biofuel groups welcome court of appeals decision on 2013 RFS case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a petition by Monroe Energy LLC challenging the U.S. EPA's 2013 renewable fuel standards (RFS). Several biofuel trade organizations intervened in the case.
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USDA accepting applications for REAP funding

The USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is expected to be made available for the fiscal year 2014 awards.
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Biofuel producers ask Obama to heed own warning on Climate Change

In a letter to President Obama , leaders of America's renewable fuel industry urge the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan renewable fuel standard (RFS), a proposal that is at odds with the National Climate Assessment.
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USGC: US DDGS, CGM exempted from new Malaysian import regulations

The Malaysian government has confirmed that U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal are not subject to the new import regulations scheduled to take effect on July 1.
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2013 Retailers Motor Fuel report shows biofuel growth in Iowa

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has noted the Iowa Department of Revenue's recently released 2013 Retailers Motor Fuel Gallons Annual Report shows vast growth in the use of higher-level blends of ethanol and biodiesel in 2013.
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Poet Nutrition honored by Department of Defense

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, has announced Mike Skuodas, director of sales Dakota Gold at Poet Nutrition, was recently honored with a Patriot Award.
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Model ethanol plant profit peaks at $4.50 per bushel of corn

Ethanol profits have been off-the-chart, peaking in late March and just recently dropping back, University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin wrote in his latest analysis of the industry in FarmDocDaily.
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EIA increases ethanol production forecast May short-term outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has slightly increased its ethanol production forecast for this year in the May issue of its Short Term Energy Outlook. The EIA now predicts ethanol production will average 911,000 barrels per day in 2014.
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Ceres expands product development activities in Mexico

Ceres Inc. is expanding its current research activities in Mexico. The company's northern hemisphere plant breeding sites complement its product development activities in Brazil, where the company is commercializing sorghum hybrids.
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Murphy reports Q1 earnings from RINs, Hereford ethanol plant

Ethanol still figures in Murphy USA Inc.'s business, as it reported positive earnings from its plant in Texas and from the sale of renewable identification numbers (RINs) in its first quarter financial report, released May 5.
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Senate bill aims to eliminate all energy tax credits

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has introduced legislation to eliminate all tax credits for renewable and traditional energy sources. The legislation, titled the "Energy Freedom & Economic Prosperity Act," is companion legislation to a 2013 House bill.
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Obama Climate Change report points to bioenergy for forest health

The Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. It was developed over a four-year period.
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U.S. ethanol imports from Brazil down in 2013

U.S. imports of sugarcane ethanol from Brazil fell by 40 percent last year, to 242 million gallons. Because Brazil is the largest source of ethanol imports into the United States, this drop led the United States to be a net exporter of the product.
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FDA responds to crafter brewers' concerns on FSMA

The industry is likely to have another opportunity to look at the Food and Drug Administration's proposed regulations under the Food Safety and Modernization Act. An FDA official addressed the issue in a blog, "Getting it Right on Spent Grains."
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ADM profit increases on strong corn, ethanol profits

Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently reported its corn processing and bioproducts division experienced strong operating profit increases in the first quarter of the year. Strong performance in corn was supported by the robust ethanol market, ADM said.
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United Cooperative offers E15 at 10 Wisconsin retail stations

In a boost to rural communities, Beaver Dam, Wis.-based United Cooperative is offering E15 at 10 stations throughout Wisconsin. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, a total of 75 stations in 12 states now offer E15.
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Iowa cooperative breaks ground on renewable fuels retail location

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently attended Farmers Cooperative Co.'s groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of its new Mount Ayr renewable fuels retail location that will offer higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel to motorists.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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